Patrik Eliáš

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Patrik Eliáš
Patrik Elias - New Jersey Devils.jpg
Eliáš in 2014.
Born (1976-04-13) April 13, 1976 (age 38)
Třebíč, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Winger
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
New Jersey Devils
HC Rabat Kladno
HC Pardubice
HC JME Znojemští Orli
Metallurg Magnitogorsk
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 51st overall, 1994
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1992–present
Website eliaspatrik.com

Patrik Eliáš (Czech pronunciation: [ˈpatrɪk ˈɛlɪjaːʃ] ( ); born April 13, 1976) is a Czech professional hockey winger and alternate captain for the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL). A career-long Devil and currently the team's longest-tenured skater, Eliáš is the franchise's all-time leader in points and goals, while holding the franchise record for the most points in a season (96) and the most career game-winning goals (74).

Playing career[edit]

Eliáš in 2007.

Eliáš was drafted by the New Jersey Devils 51st overall (2nd round) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

Along with Petr Sýkora and Jason Arnott, he helped lead the team to the 1999–2000 Stanley Cup championship. He assisted on Arnott's Cup-clinching goal in double overtime in Game 6 at Dallas. The following year he scored a team record 96 points in the regular season, third best in the league. He also played a key role in helping New Jersey win the 2003 Stanley Cup.

During the 2004–05 NHL lockout, he played hockey in the Czech Republic.

Eliáš before a game in Calgary

Three months into the 2005–06 season, he made his first appearance of the season on January 3, 2006, against the Florida Panthers, resuming his role as an alternate captain (replacing Alexander Mogilny). He picked up where he left off, scoring eight points in his first four games and helping the Devils win his first nine games back with the team. In the first game of the 2006 playoffs against the New York Rangers, he became the 10th player to score six points in an NHL playoff game, with two goals and four assists. Eliáš' 2006 postseason campaign was spectacular, even though the Devils were eliminated by eventual Cup champions, Carolina, in the second round. Eliáš scored 6 goals and added 10 assists for an impressive 16 points in just 9 games.

Unable to reach a deal with the Devils headed into the 2006 off-season, Elias tested unrestricted free agency. In addition to offers to from the Chicago Blackhawks and the Montreal Canadiens, Elias verbally agreed to sign with the rival New York Rangers on July 1. However, talks hit a snag when Rangers GM Glen Sather would not agree on a no-move clause.[1] Elias called Devils GM Lou Lamoriello and the two sides agreed on a 7 year, $42 million contract that included a no-movement clause.[2]

He was named the Devils new captain on October 5, 2006, becoming the seventh captain in team history. The previous captain of the Devils was Canadian born defenceman Scott Stevens, now retired.[3] He is also the first European born captain in the history of the franchise.

At the start of the 2007–08 season, Eliáš was stripped of the captaincy by new coach Brent Sutter. The Devils named Jamie Langenbrunner captain on December 5, 2007.

Sutter later placed Eliáš on a top scoring line which consisted of Dainus Zubrus and Brian Gionta. Eliáš was also known to work well with Devils winger Zach Parise, with whom he occasionally played with on "heroes line" and frequently played with on the power-play unit.

On March 17, 2009, Eliáš became the New Jersey Devils' all-time leading scorer by recording his 702nd regular season point, an assist on Brian Gionta's shorthanded goal. Gionta's goal was the game-winner in a 3-2 win over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, giving the edge for Martin Brodeur's record-breaking 552nd win as a goaltender to pass Patrick Roy, who held the former record at 551 wins. Chants of "Pa-trik E-li-as" were heard as Devils' PA announcer Kevin Clark confirmed to the crowd that Eliáš had broken John MacLean's record. Eliáš was the second star of the night, only behind Brodeur.

He was the winner of the 2009 Golden Hockey Stick as the world's best Czech hockey player, ending Jaromír Jágr's four-year streak. He scored his 300th career goal on December 12, 2009, against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Eliáš in 2012.

Despite a weak first half by the Devils during the 2010–11 season, Patrik Elias was selected to be the Devils sole representative during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. This was his third all-star appearance, and was eventually selected by Team Staal in the first ever NHL All-Star draft. On February 19, 2011, Eliáš recorded the 800th point of his career, with his third assist of the game against the Carolina Hurricanes. At the conclusion of the seaosn, on April 1, 2011, Eliáš scored his 8th career hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers.

In the following 2011–12 season, Eliáš scored two goals (347, 348) against the Montreal Canadiens to tie, then pass John MacLean as the leading goal scorer for the Devils on December 17, 2011.

Patrik Elias played his 1,000th NHL game on January 6, 2012, all of them played with the New Jersey Devils. He scored a goal and recorded 2 assists in a 5-2 victory over the Florida Panthers.

On January 27, 2013, Patrik Eliáš Recorded his 900th career point with a goal and two assists against the Montreal Canadiens.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Bronze 2006 Turin
World Championships
Bronze 1998 Switzerland
Bronze 2011 Slovakia

Eliáš played his first game in the national squad in 1998, and has played 40 times for the national team, score 20 goals (as of end of season 2010/2011).[4] Patrik Elias was selected as the Captain of the Czech Republic for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Personal life[edit]

Eliáš married Petra Volakova, also a native Czech, in the 2007 off-season. Together they have one child, a daughter named Sophia Gabriella, born on November 27, 2010.[5]

Records[edit]

  • Eliáš is the only NHL player to be awarded two penalty shots in overtime. Both occurred in separate games versus the New York Islanders, and in both cases, Eliáš missed the penalty shot.
  • Most overtime goals in a season, 4.
  • New Jersey Devils record for most points in one season, 96.
  • New Jersey Devils record for most points in a playoff season, 23.
  • New Jersey Devils all-time leader in playoff goals (45), assists (80), and points (125).
  • New Jersey Devils record for hat tricks, 8.
  • New Jersey Devils record for career assists, 555.
  • New Jersey Devils record for career points (930)
  • New Jersey Devils record for game-winning goals (78).
  • New Jersey Devils record for career goals (375)

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 HC Kladno TCH 2 0 0 0 0
1993–94 HC Kladno CZE 15 1 2 3 0 11 2 2 4 0
1994–95 HC Kladno CZE 28 4 3 7 37 7 1 2 3 12
1995–96 Albany River Rats AHL 74 27 36 63 83 4 1 1 2 2
1995–96 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Albany River Rats AHL 57 24 43 67 76 6 1 2 3 8
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 17 2 3 5 2 8 2 3 5 4
1997–98 Albany River Rats AHL 3 3 0 3 2
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 18 19 37 28 4 0 1 1 0
1998–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 17 33 50 34 7 0 5 5 6
1999–00 New Jersey Devils NHL 72 35 37 72 58 23 7 13 20 9
1999–00 HC Pardubice CZE 5 1 4 5 31
1999–00 Horácká Slavia Třebíč 1.Liga 2 1 2 3 18
2000–01 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 40 56 96 51 25 9 14 23 10
2001–02 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 29 32 61 36 6 2 4 6 6
2002–03 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 28 29 57 22 24 5 8 13 26
2003–04 New Jersey Devils NHL 82 38 43 81 44 5 3 2 5 2
2004–05 HC JME Znojemští Orli CZE 28 8 20 28 65
2004–05 Metallurg Magnitogorsk RSL 17 5 9 14 28
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 38 16 29 45 20 9 6 10 16 4
2006–07 New Jersey Devils NHL 75 21 48 69 38 10 1 9 10 4
2007–08 New Jersey Devils NHL 74 20 35 55 38 5 4 2 6 4
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 77 31 47 78 32 7 1 2 3 2
2009–10 New Jersey Devils NHL 58 19 29 48 40 5 0 4 4 2
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 21 41 62 16
2011–12 New Jersey Devils NHL 81 26 52 78 16 24 5 3 8 10
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 48 14 22 36 22
2013–14 New Jersey Devils NHL 65 18 35 53 30
NHL totals 1155 393 590 983 527 162 45 80 125 89

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1994 Czech Republic EJC18 5 2 5 7 2
1998 Czech Republic WC 3 1 0 1 0
2002 Czech Republic Oly 7th 4 1 1 2 0
2004 Czech Republic WCH SF 5 2 3 5 10
2006 Czech Republic Oly 1 0 0 0 2
2008 Czech Republic WC 5th 7 6 3 9 6
2009 Czech Republic WC 6th 3 2 0 2 2
2010 Czech Republic Oly 7th 5 2 2 4 2
2011 Czech Republic WC 9 4 5 9 6
2014 Czech Republic Oly 6th 3 0 1 1 0
Junior totals 5 2 5 7 2
Senior totals 40 18 15 33 28

Awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Curious case of Tim Thomas, NHL's drug policy + 30 Thoughts". CBC Sports. 2012-06-04. Archived from the original on 2012-06-07. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  2. ^ "Patrik Elias NHL Salary Contract History". Capgeek.com. 1976-04-13. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  3. ^ "Devils name Elias captain". Canadian Press. 2006-05-10. Archived from the original on 2007-12-15. Retrieved 2013-12-18. 
  4. ^ "Liga žen - 1999/2000". Hokej.cz. Retrieved 2013-11-19. 
  5. ^ "Patrik Elias wife Petra Volakova". playerwives.com. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Chris Pronger
Co-winner of the NHL Plus/Minus Award
(with Joe Sakic)

2001
Succeeded by
Chris Chelios
Preceded by
Jaromír Jágr
Golden Hockey Stick
2009
Succeeded by
Tomáš Vokoun
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Scott Stevens
Scott Niedermayer
New Jersey Devils captain
2006–07
Succeeded by
Jamie Langenbrunner